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Chairman - BD janse van Rensburg
Club Captain - Conrad janse van Rensburg
Ladies Captain - Yvonne Langer
Treasurer - Lukas Steyn
One of the finest nine-hole facilities in the country, Mooinooi Golf Club is situated in the mining town of the same name near Rustenburg in the North West Province.
The course was developed in 1972 by the Platinum Mine that also owns the course as a sporting facility. Thanks to recycled water used in the mining process, Mooinooi has some of the finest kikuyu fairways in the whole of South Africa and its Bent grass greens
are almost always in magnificent condition. These lush conditions ensure that the course is seldom overpowered by long hitters, keeping it a fair test for all golfers.
The toughest hole on the course is the par four 3rd (and 12th) which is just on 420 meters from the championship tees, but like so many holes on this beautiful course, there is a real premium on accuracy from the tee. A river runs all the way up the right side, while thick thorn trees and a fairway bunker protect the left side, demanding a well-placed tee shot if you are to have clear shot to the green which is tucked slightly below the approach and to the left among the trees on the left. To add to its trickiness, it is well bunkered left and long. Make a par here and you have passed all the tests the hole can set.
The 4th (13th) is a delightful par three that is played over water to a green that slopes quite severely from back to front – you don’t want to be long with your tee shot as you’ll face a tricky downhill chip which is not for the faint-hearted.
The 8th (17th) is a relatively easy par five, but again it really depends on the placement of your drive. Favour the right side of the fairway and the longer hitters will have a clear shot to the green, which is narrow, two-tiered and well bunkered both left and right.
Get it right and you should have a reasonable easy birdie attempt, but get it wrong here and a scorecard-wrecking double bogey is just as much a possibility.
The finishing hole is a dogleg right par four, which is also no pushover. Again a well-placed drive is the key to an easier approach and a strong finish.
Mooinooi has been home to the Platinum Classic for the last 18 years, one of the most lucrative events on the Sunshine Tour.
The event has produced some fine champions, many of whom have gone on to make the breakthrough in Europe and America.
A great example - Louis Oosthuizen won the Platinum Classic in 2007 and is a Major winner of The Open Championship 2010 and
Charl Schwartzel also played in the Mooinooi Platinum Classic and is a Major winner of the Masters 2011.
Winner of the 2012 Platinum Classic – Jake Roos won on the fifth hole of a sudden death playoff with
Chris Swanepoel and Anthony Michael.
As can be expected from a small-town nine-hole facility, visitors are warmly welcomed by the friendly and helpful locals.
Combine that with a fine layout, which is nearly always presented in top condition and you have the makings of a not-to-be-missed golfing experience. Put it on your must-play list if you are going anywhere near Sun City.